In the early hours of Sunday, October 13, Typhoon Hagibis moved from the Tokyo metropolitan area up north-east region, heavily affecting the areas of Nagano, Fukushima, Gunma as it passed through.
The typhoon hit the Metro Tokyo area Saturday night, and was expected to pose threat to Chugoku and Hokkaido Sunday morning, October 13.
As of Sunday morning, at least 18 were reported dead, 13 missing, and 149 injured. About 200,000 households were without electricity, and 14,000 without water. Most of the havoc was due to 14 rivers overflowing in 10 different prefectures, causing damage to people and property. Trains and flights were disrupted.
On Saturday night, as many as four million people were told to leave their houses immediately and nine million advised to evacuate.
Hagibis is potentially the strongest typhoon to hit Japan in 51 years, with the Japanese Meteorological Agency saying it is “comparable to Typhoon Ida in 1958, which killed more than 1,200 people.”
Here are images of the typhoon’s onslaught on October 13:
Author: JAPAN Forward